• Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    I would suggest not destroying old stock. One a post office has received a shipment of stamps they should keep them until they are all sold out. After all, they are still valid for postage. So what if you need to add a small denomination stamp to get the current postage rate?

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    The postal service should stop printing "wallpaper". There are too many stamps that commemorate nothing. I've been collecting US stamps for over 55 years and have stopped buying current stamps because there are too many and not worth collecting. I use to buy every issue. I know that there MANY collectors who feel the same way.

    They could also should go back to printing stamps with water activated glue instead of self-adhesive glue which is much more expensive to produce and not environmentally friendly.

    From a collecting point of view, the self-adhesive glue is going to migrate though the paper and damage the stamps as they age.

    The post office has destroyed the hobby of stamp collecting by issuing so many varieties.

    Thank you,
    John Grover

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    As a Philatelist I hope they don't do away with or reduce to Forever stamps only. As someone on a fixed income I do wish they would produce less designs each year. Each year there are from 80-100 or more different designs. A lot of money could be saved by not having to recruit artists, design stamps, create plates and printing so many stamp designs. Please do not do away with stamps altogether or convert to Forever stamps only. We collectors will be left in the cold.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    All stamps are forever stamps.44 for first ounce, .44 for 2nd, .44 for 3rd, etc... Formula stays the same regardless of price per stamp Airmail is double...2each .44 stamps for 1st ounce. Rule could be used for parcels also, .44 per ounce. We will make money on the deal.
    Issue commenratives in limited quanities so collectors buy early, however all are are forever stamps that can be used as general postage whenever.

    Use the rule of "KISS" keep it simple stupid

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Skippy - Wow! Thanks for that feedback and the good job you are doing with managing your stamp inventory.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    My SDO (at least the one I had) was really fussy about taking stuff back. Unless you had a vary large quantity of something, or if your accountability was way out of line, they avoided taking anything back. I keep my accountability levels right in line, so when there is a destruction announcement, I have almost nothing to send back. The envelopes and postcards are usually the only things I get stuck with. If they had a forever version of them, then I would probably send nothing back.

  • Reply to: A Penny for Your Thoughts?   5 years 7 months ago

    jkbeck,
    I missed this post. CLASSIC DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is almost as good as when I was sending the
    pre-paid envelopes to my late brother, long ago.
    I simply scratched out the adressee, and wrote his
    on the pre-paid Credit Card Offer envelope!

    I think I remember getting one back once with a snarkily note written on it...
    "Next time try a stamp pal".

    What I did was probably illegal. But, the point I was
    attempting to prove was who was at work.

    You see, over regulated, unlike banking, the postal system sadly is ripe for fraud and abuse.
    However, give away programs, like "free" boxes, are designed to promote growth.

    I personally believe that the USPS is finished.
    Not that they're going out of business. But, that
    the energy required to send personal packages
    does not appear to fit our children's future.

    To cite confirmation of this I merely point to
    the recent Applications by two technology companies.

    If you can read a book delivered to your wallet,
    almost anywhere in the metropolitian world simply
    imagine the capabilities.

    If you want to send Aunt Molly in Houston a generic package of oranges from Florida, do you really think
    that your personal cute little "future box" of citrus is going originate from the St John's River area?

    Yeah sure, it might have been grown there. But, your
    local distribution point is going to create the
    wooden box, and bubble wrap. (my estimate within 300km.
    EVERYTHING THAT USES ENERGY TO ACCOMPLISH IS GOING TO
    CHANGE FORVER. AND LIKE IT OR NOT, CARBON CREDITS
    AND CAP & TRADE WILL CRUSH THE CURRENT USPS STRUCTURE.
    So I wouldn't worry too much about the ink on the boxes.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @zz449944 - Thanks for your comment. It was very informative.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Nayo- Thanks for your comment. Not really, we just wanted to stimulate different ideas. We are well aware of the revenue generated by Philatelic sales.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Merk - Thanks for your comment. It is surprising to know that it is challenging to chose certain stamps for collecting.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @12yrs&counting - Yes, it is possible that the stamps could be used on parcels, but would customers actually purchase those stamps to mail parcels? Or would they just simply bring their parcel to a Post Office and get a PVI label on their parcel?

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Self-Service Rules - Thanks for your comment. Would the 2-d barcode be printed on the stamp?

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @SAL - Thanks for your comment.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Common Sense - Thanks for your comment. Would the print on demand also include stamps for collectors?

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Truthbetold - Thanks for your comment.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @DJH - Thanks for your comment.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @ej72 - Thanks for your comment. Using meters was just one alternative we included to stimulate discussion. We are not recommending or suggesting one or none. We also mentioned expanding Forever stamps.

    You mentioned needing a high denomination for express mail. If your customers come to the office to mail an express mail package, do they really need an express mail stamp? Could you use a PVI? Or do most of your customer's purchase express mail stamps and drop off the package?

    Just curious.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Tired PTF - Thanks for your comment.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Diddy - Thanks for your comment. You are correct, but does that mean we should order more simply because it is cheaper and then incur additional cost to destroy them?

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Larry - Thanks for your comment. No, we want collectors to continue collecting stamps and generating revenue for profit. We just wanted to stimulate a discussion about stamps and their use.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Andy Kubat - Thanks for your comment. With the exception of “Forever” stamps the majority of the stamps have a denomination on them. When the rate increases it is highly unlikely that a customer will choose to put two or three stamps on a mailing versus one stamp with the current denomination. However, if there are no denominations stamp destruction would be minimized.

    We like the two tips. Those appear to be very good marketing strategies that could generate more revenue for USPS.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Skippy - Thanks for your comment. In regards to comment about stamp envelopes, postcards.....Since you know you will never go through what you order, have you considered returning the unused inventory to the SDO for redistribution instead of waiting for the item to become obsolete and sent in for destruction?

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Anonymous - Thank you for your comment. The gift card idea is very interesting. We have heard about virtual mail. Unfortunately, that is through a private company.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @DFM Thank you for your comment. This is exactly why we posted this blog to stimulate ideas. We most definately do not want to loose the business from stamp collectors.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. This is exactly why we posted this blog to stimulate ideas. We most definately do not want to loose the business from stamp collectors.

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